Patrick Mahomes is taking over an offense that already had plenty of firepower, but the Kansas City Chiefs added another weapon Tuesday.
The Chiefs and free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins agreed to a three-year contract, according to multiple reports, and he’s expected to officially sign the contract Wednesday when the new league year begins. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported, citing sources, the deal is worth “roughly” $16 million over the three years.
Watkins rebuilt his value after a strong season with the Los Angeles Rams, his lone campaign with the club after the Buffalo Bills traded him there last offseason. Watkins played in 15 games, catching 39 of 70 targets for 593 yards. Those numbers don’t jump off the page, but Watkins didn’t take on the role of No. 1 receiver in L.A. He had a knack for finding the end zone, however, catching eight touchdowns.
Now, Watkins joins an offense that already has plenty of big-play potential. The Chiefs have a game-changing player in Tyreek Hill as well as one of the best tight ends in the league in Travis Kelce. Kansas City also found a gem in running back Kareem Hunt, who’s looking to build on a superb rookie season. As Mahomes gets set to take over for Alex Smith, obviously it should help to have plenty of talent around the second-year quarterback.